Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray
Episode: Some Like It Hot
Red Eye Chili
55 min
25 min
4 to 6 servings
55 min
25 min
4 to 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons EVOO or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 pound coppa or hot ham deli meat, cut 1/8-inch thick and chopped 
  • 2 pounds coarse ground sirloin or ground beef of your choice
  • Kosher salt and coarse black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, such as Gebhardt's
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander, plus some for tortilla chips 
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin, plus some for tortilla chips 
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 2 cups beef stock 
  • 1 cup strong black coffee 
  • 1 cup cabernet or other dry red wine 
  • One 14-ounce can, red kidney beans, optional 
  • 8 corn tortillas 
  • Natural nonstick cooking spray
  • Crumbled queso fresco or shredded sharp white Cheddar
  • Chopped raw yellow onions or red onions 
  • Pickled jalapeno rings or hot banana pepper rings 


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large Dutch oven or chili pot over medium-high heat, add the coppa and cook until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the coppa with a slotted spoon and reserve for later use. Add the remaining tablespoon oil, a turn of the pot. Pat the ground meat with paper towels to dry. When the oil smokes, add the beef and sprinkle with salt and lots of pepper. Brown to caramelize the sugars in the meat. Then add the coriander, chili powder, cumin, allspice and cinnamon. Stir a minute, then add the garlic and onions, and cook 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir a minute more. Add the beef stock, coffee, wine, ham and beans, if using. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook to thicken and combine flavors, 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and store for make-ahead meal. 

While the chili cooks, make the tortilla strips. Cut the tortillas in half and then into thin strips, 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Spray lightly with the nonstick cooking spray, then season with salt, and sprinkle with some coriander and cumin. Arrange on baking sheets in a single layer and bake until crisp. Store wrapped in a foil pouch.

To serve, reheat over medium heat and top the hot chili with a few tortilla strips, cheese, onions and hot peppers.


Chili Verde (Colorado Green Chili)

Recipe courtesy of Santos Loo

Green Chili Grits

Recipe courtesy of Louis Lambert

Rosie's Red Onion Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Grilled Red Snapper with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Red, White and Blue Burger

Shrimp in Red Eye Gravy

Recipe courtesy of Darin Sehnert

Red Beef Chili

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments